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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "paul " <>
Date: 14 Feb 2007 14:37:48 -0000

Tan Bae ,HSBC External auditor and Banking SolicitorsTEL / FAX:44871264119DIRECT LINE:447766453430Email:; Good day, PROJECT AND PARTNERSHIP&nbsp; My name is Mr Tan Bae ,a United Kingdom Externalauditor and Banking Solicitors for HSBC .My client bereaved want to invest&nbsp; funds&nbsp; through aforeign partner and the total fund is&nbsp; $15M (Fifteenmillion Dollars) .The above set of facts underscores my reason to seekyour permission to have you stand as&nbsp; the Partner thatcould supervise the capital in your country.The funds will be transferred to you immediately wecan conclude all necessary paper worksAnd your adherence to my instruction and cooperatewith me in one accord. I have all the legal and Banking details of my clientthat will facilitate this transaction.The partnership is&nbsp; 40% for (You) and (50%) for ourclient and 10% for our company as facilitators of the project.The final details and my identity(internationalpassport) will be given to you upon
receipt of yourdesire to participate. Please send your full detail information &nbsp; (1) Full Name:&nbsp; (2) Telephone and Fax Number:&nbsp; (3) Postal Address:&nbsp; (4) Occupation:&nbsp; (5) Date of Birth:&nbsp; Finally, Kindly call me through my below DIRECT LINE:447766453430 (24hours viable) .Thank you, Tan Bae ,HSBC External auditor and Banking SolicitorsTEL / FAX:44871264119DIRECT LINE:447766453430Email:

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